Hopkins County Schools is planning to offer both in-person learning and a remote learning option for the 2020-2021 school year. We appreciate parents and students remaining flexible as we move forward amidst the unknowns of the COVID-19 pandemic.
(Approved by Board of Education on Aug. 3, 2020)
In-Person Learning Expanding to 4 Days Per Week
Hopkins County Schools will expand in-person learning to 4 days per week starting Thursday, Feb. 25, following a vote of the Board of Education. Wednesdays will continue to be used for remote learning and deep cleaning.
Parents will continue to have the choice for their students to be enrolled in the Remote Learning Program. Please notify your school by Friday, Feb. 19, if your child will be switching to a different learning model for the 3rd trimester.
To allow time to prepare school buildings for the return of additional learners, all students will learn online using #HCSatHome from Monday, Feb. 22, through Wednesday, Feb. 24. Instruction will also be provided through virtual learning from April 12 - April 16, the week following Spring Break.
Considerations in this decision include loss of student learning, community input, and the social and emotional health of our students. With the addition of rapid testing offered by our school nurses, as well as staff vaccinations, we are prepared to safely welcome additional students back in our buildings.
The district will continue to follow Kentucky’s Healthy at School Guidelines. Please note the following:
- Parents should not send their children to school if they are sick or show symptoms of infectious illness. Contact the school nurse to request a COVID test. These tests will be performed in the vehicle outside the school building. Hopkins County Health Department recommendations for when sick children may return to school are posted on the district’s COVID website.
- Masks will be worn at all times except when students are eating.
- Social distancing of 6 feet will be observed as much as possible.
- Wednesdays will continue to be used for remote learning and deep cleaning.
- All campuses will be closed to outside foot traffic.
- Seating charts will be maintained for contact tracing purposes.
As always, this decision is pending no additional mandates or changes by state or federal authorities. We look forward to having our kids back in school four days a week! Please contact your school directly with any questions.
We will be adding to this information hub throughout the school year. More information about each option follows:
We will offer In-Person Learning following the state’s Healthy at School guidelines and guidance from our local health department. We are planning to start in-person learning following an A-B plan hybrid model. Depending on guidance from health officials, how this instruction is provided may change. Following is general information regarding plans for the year:
A-B Hybrid Model: This is a rotational model with students divided into two groups alphabetically based on their last name. This plan reduces risks to students and staff by lowering the number of students in class. It also reduces the student-teacher ratio and gives us opportunity for greater social distancing.
Example of the A-B hybrid model:
- Group A – Students with last names starting with A-K will have in-person class on Monday and Tuesday, with blended learning from home on Wednesday thru Friday.
- Group B – Students with last names starting with L-Z will have in-person class on Thursday and Friday, with blended learning from home on Monday thru Wednesday.
Our intention is to keep all students from the same household on the same schedule. Please contact your school or the Department of Pupil Personnel with any questions.
HCS at Home: Our Non-Traditional Instruction program will now be known as #HCSatHome. This model will be used for students enrolled in in-person learning when state or local health officials deem that it is safer for school buildings to not be open. HCS at Home will offer a blended model and has been designed to keep kids engaged in learning.
Remote Learning Program
The Remote Learning Program will be a blended learning model in which students receive a combination of online programs, interactive virtual lessons with teachers, and virtual meetings/discussions with teachers and other students. Performance assessments will also be used. Students will be fully enrolled in Hopkins County Schools. Students will have a teacher who will provide lessons and support and monitor their progress. Students will still be considered enrolled in their current school/school within their attendance zone.